The Mission Statement of C.H.I.L.D. is to provide support to Verona children facing learning challenges, including Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, Speech and Language Disorders, Sensory Integration Disorder, Hearing or Visually Impaired, Down Syndrome, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. To bridge the gap between General and Special Education through collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators and students and by providing education, information and technology addressing learning differences.
C.H.I.L.D. is a parent-run organization that provides support to both parents and educators. They are funded through gifts from other organizations and grants. Their accomplishments include providing: equipment and materials for teachers, including audio books, whisper phones, Smart Boards and speech instruction tools; funding for teacher training; support in the implementation of the Wilson Reading Program; informational emails, workshops and materials to parents; coordination of the Reading Room in Verona Park, including author visits; sponsorship of the Lunch and Bunch program at the Middle and High Schools; support for training buddy mentors for the Verona Recreation programs; sponsorship of educational field trips; academic achievement awards for special education students.
Volunteers are needed to help support Verona’s children. Any hour you can spare is a great help. The following volunteer opportunities are available:
Facilitate setting up and oversee the guests at the Reading Room at Verona Park’s Eden Wild Children’s Garden.
Run a fundraiser, big or small, and donate the proceeds to C.H.I.L.D. It could be a bake sale, a garage sale, or any event you are able to coordinate. They would be happy to support your efforts in any way they can.
Giving just an hour of your time can make a difference in the life of one of Verona’s children.